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It was good to see Archbishop Justin Welby making his presence felt in the political arena earlier this week, as he attacked the government’s changes to the benefits system. His intervention, hot on the heels of a letter to the Sunday Telegraph signed by 43 bishops warning that the changes  “will have a disproportionate impact on families with children, pushing 200,000 children into poverty”, has not been welcomed by Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith and others in government.

This is not surprising. Politicians are often uncomfortable when Christian leaders enter the debate, prefering to keep faith in the private sphere. Yet, at the heart of Christianity, is belief in a God who identifies with us completely in our humanity and who calls us to live according to the values of the kingdom of God. In that kingdom justice and mercy prevail and the weak and vulnerable have a special place…

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